Below is the supporting statement that I wrote for my graduate class on Celebrating Diversity Through the Arts. My mother, a former library development officer, extols the virtue of looking for books in library stacks, as books adjacent to the one that you seek can prove to be gems. I found the concept of "species-centrism" using this method.
I believe, however, that the arts are a wonderful way to celebrate diversity and to guide students towards visual and cultural literacy and academic thriving. Therefore, I will counter these criticisms.
|Beyond Black and White (Venetian Blinds)|
|Art: The Heart of Education - Greenfield (MA) High School|
The white teacher/minority student ratio will shift as minority populations continue to grow, but teachers learning about their students’ cultures is a key tenet of effective teaching: know thy students. Provided teachers work through their own biases and prejudices, Roland (2006) points out that: “The Web offers unprecedented access to the work of countless artists from historically underrepresented cultural and ethnic groups.” This easy access to material makes for easier inclusion of all cultures that are represented in a classroom.
In our class, James Rollins (whose article mentioned Music In Our Schools Month) reminded us that authentic multicultural education needs to be continuously woven into curriculums, rather than ghettoized into superficial theme months.
|Intertwined Synapses (Rail Yard)|
|Many Kinds, All Corn|
|From Mandarin to Sanskrit to Jeans|
Artist, educator and photojournalist John Nordell received a Masters of Education in Arts Education from Fitchburg State University.
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Matonis, M. (2003). Towards Multicultural Awareness: Problems and Perspectives. Dialog and Universalism, 1(2), 27-38
Parks, N. S. (2004). Bamboozled: A Visual Culture Text for Looking at Cultural Practices of Racism. Art Education, 14-18
Roland, C. (2006). Promoting Respect for Diversity. School Arts, 16
Sternberg, R. (2010). Creativity is a Choice, Retrieved from http://www.slideshare.net/UTDslides/sternberg-creativity-is-a-decision-3415440